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March Newsletter


RCMS Concert Featuring 
Give Get Sistet
March 16th @7 pm

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The Give Get Sistet is an expandable, improvisational chorus of Black women and non-binary artists based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world. Using a cappella singing and vocal improvisation, the Give Get Sistet entertains, educates and empowers audiences and communities from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. These artists listen deeply and sing with great generosity and daring, the music they make is unlike any other ensemble you’ve heard.
This is the second appearance for the Give Get Sistet in our series.

RSVP today to reserve your spot virtually on Crowdcast or Attend In-Person by registering on EventBrite!

Rondo Community Music Series Panel Discussion

Topic: Celebrating the Influence of Black Women in Jazz: A Tribute to Trailblazers Yolande Bruce and Debbie Duncan featuring Jayanthi Rajasa and Sarah Greer

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JOIN US FOR DISCUSSIONS on Music, Culture, Community and Education. Conversations informed and influenced by the historic Rondo Community.

Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 pm

Women in Jazz Activities: Save the Date!

Calling students women, non-binary and trans music students to sign up for Walker|West’s Intro to Jazz Workshops happening this spring, and a first ever Women in Jazz Retreat this June, led by Twin Cities Jazz Festival visiting artist, Claudia Medina! These activities are unique opportunities for students to explore improvisation, hone their performing skills, connect with other like-minded musicians from across the Twin Cities, and receive mentoring and coaching from leading local and national women jazz artists. These activities are a part of Walker|West’s Women in Jazz Initiative. Sponsored by Jazz88/KBEM.

Important Dates:

Intro to Jazz Workshops & Jam Session

When: Saturday, March 23 & Saturday, May 18 @ 1pm

Who: Women, Non-binary and Trans students of all ages. All welcome in the audience.

Women in Jazz Retreat

When: Monday, June 17 – Friday, June 21 (Off 6/19) 9:30am-4pm

Who: High School & College-age Women, Non-binary and Trans instrumentalists and vocalists.

She Rock All Ages Open Jam

When: Saturday, April 27 1-4pm at Walker West

Who: Women, Non-binary and Trans instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages. All welcome in the audience


Experience the Power of Music and Advocacy with Kamoinge Strings!

In March the String Department celebrates two significant events: National Women’s History Month and Kamoinge Strings, STRINGOCRACY Concert.

Join us for a unique musical event, “Stringocracy,”presented by Kamoinge Strings on Saturday, March 9th at 7pm in Prospect Park.

This 90-minute concert combines social activism with music, ranging from Vivaldi to Hip Hop. The group, who recently wowed us at their Minnesota Timberwolves halftime show, uses their talent to advocate for change.

While the event is free, we encourage donations, which will fund scholarships for string students. This is a chance to support aspiring musicians and contribute to our community. So, whether you’re a music lover or a social advocate, don’t miss “Stringocracy.” Your presence will have a direct impact on the future of music and advocacy.

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024
Time: 7pm
Location: Prospect Park United Methodist Church
Admission: Free (Freewill offerings encouraged)

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of music and make a difference in the lives of young musicians. We look forward to seeing you there!

Because there are still far too few BIPOC women in Classical and Jazz music we celebrate the extraordinary talent of just a few including: Diane Monroe, Regina Carter, Tai Murray, and Tomeika Reid. Click the link below to learn more about these incredible artists! 

By celebrating their (her)stories and musical genius, we encourage our students to see themselves and their possibilities as string students and musicians.

Happy National Women’s History Month from the Walker West String Department!


Masterclass with guest artist JD Allen

Join us for a free masterclass with Detroit-born, New York-based jazz saxophonist, JD Allen. Whether you’re an aspiring musician or simply curious about the intricacies of jazz, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Activities include artist demonstration, student coaching and Q&A with the audience. Feel free to bring your instrument.

Seating is limited. Please rsvp by March 14.

Date & Time: Saturday, Mar 16, 2024 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Location: High School of Recording Arts 1166 University Ave W, St Paul, MN

Register for Spring Semester

Walker|West offers lessons in Voice, Piano, Organ, Bass, Percussion, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, Violin, Viola and Cello for students of all ages.
Registration now open until June 8th!

New Building and Construction Update

Thanks to the generous gifts of our capital campaign supporters, Walker West officially closed on our new building at 650 Marshall Ave. Construction is scheduled to begin soon and finish in November 2024.

Aligning with our mission, we’ve prioritized hiring contractors that are certified minority-owned and woman-owned business enterprises. They include Noor Companies, Greiner Construction, Assembly MN, and Guaranty Title. We are in the process of awarding subcontracts and will meet or exceed 25% of all subcontracts being awarded to Certified Businesses (e.g. minority-owned, woman-owned, and other small business enterprises).

We are so excited to take this step toward bringing our new vision to fruition: to be a cultural destination and community resource, where exceptional music education and enrichment is affordable, accessible, and rooted in the African American experience.

Our next steps include additional fundraising to expand our programs and capacity to bring our vision to life in our new building. To learn more about our capital campaign or make a gift, contact Amelia Colwell at or 319-415-5078.


RCMS Concert featuring
Jack Barrett Trio
April 6th

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A wide variety of music can be heard in Jack Barrett’s compositions. Throughout his life, he has explored avenues of classical, progressive rock, metal and jazz. All of which have left their permanent mark on his sound. Raised in the Twin Cities, Barrett studied in the northern wilderness of St. John’s University where he earned a degree in piano performance. There, he was drawn to the sounds of Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett among others as he delved further into the sound and practice of jazz. Since then, his path has brought him to the sounds of modern players like Brad Mehldau and Tigran Hamasyan. Intense rhythms and rich harmonies dominate Barrett’s compositions, marked by concise and dynamic solos. With each new work he builds around a single concept, whether it is a rhythmic or harmonic motif or simply a feeling. Expanding from this, he crafts the song into a sprawling extrapolation, adding and transforming until the original idea is woven into every part of the music.

RSVP today to reserve your spot virtually on Crowdcast or Attend In-Person by registering on EventBrite!


“Grow Through Music” Summer Camp

Our “Grow Through Music” camp offers a fun introduction to a variety of instruments for beginning students, and a way to reconnect with friends and instructors for returning students. Campers will learn in a supportive small group environment with a chance to perform during our end of camp presentation.

When: July 8 – July 26, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 8am – 12pm daily
Who: Grades K-6

Summer Music Production College Course at Hamline 

Supercharge your artistic voice this summer with hands-on Music Production instruction in this 2-week intensive college course at Hamline University! Full scholarships are available to all students.

When: July 15 – July 26, 2024 | Monday – Friday
Who: Grades 10+

Summer Jazz Intensive

The Summer Jazz Intensive program is a one week comprehensive experience for beginner to advanced youth musicians to hone their performing skills, take applied classes and interact with world-class jazz faculty at Walker|West.

When: July 29 – Aug 2, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 10am – 4pm daily
Who: Grades 6-12

Summer Jazz Violin Workshop

5-Day Intensive (For intermediate violin students)

This 5-day workshop is for violin (only) students looking to branch out from traditional classical violin or who desire to take their improvisation to the next level.

When: August 5 – 9, 2024 | Monday – Friday | 9am – 12pm daily
Who: Grades 5-12